Mary Street Bakery, West Leederville

Well established in Highgate for their fried chicken pancakes and luscious salted caramel donuts, Mary Street Bakery now have a second spot for your brunch needs. Located on Railway Parade, neighbouring popular eateries such as Tracks and Hylin, this café offers a similar menu to the original location.

During a mid-week brunch my boyfriend and I made a trip to the new location for a morning bite. There was a good amount of seating inside, and also a few chairs available for outdoor dining. After a lengthy study of the menu, I chose the Veggie Baked Eggs ($19) while Dan went for the Salmon Pastrami ($24).

The eggs were baked with tomato, ancho chilli, greens and topped with crispy chickpeas and yoghurt. If you're a fan of Spanish baked eggs and shakshouka this would be the dish for you, and the crunchy slice of toast was perfect to dip into the sauce.

The cured salmon dish was a much fresher option, served with avocado puree, pickles, rye and mayo. The rye added a nice crunchy texture, and Dan was super pleased with his choice.

Dan also ordered an espresso which was too acidic, maybe because it was under extracted. Apart from that the food was great and the service was quick and efficient. I need to return ASAP for those fried chicken pancakes, and I would recommend everyone to try one of their fluffy salted caramel doughies.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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Pearth Organic Kitchen, West Leederville

Happy New Year! Hope everyone has stuffed themselves silly with food and had an amazing festive season. Now that the holidays are over, it’s back to work, back to the gym and time to start a new diet. With #newyearnewme trending, how about a new café to fuel your healthy diet.

Pearth has just opened their doors for about a week, offering West Leedy a range of smoothie bowls and wholesome salads. What I like about this place is that they don’t serve food for just one particular diet. Carnivores can add a little bacon to their plate, and there’s something for everyone whether you’re gluten intolerant, vegan, vego or a meat eater.

Sourced from Fiori, Pearth serves organic coffee beans with a large range of milks; from full cream to soy, almond, coconut or rice. Black coffee is my go to, so I decided to try the Cold Drip Coffee ($5) served with tonic water it added a bit of sweetness and was light and refreshing, great in this heat.

My mum loves everything with avocado, so the Sourdough with Avocado, Hummus, Lemon and Pumpkin Seeds ($12) and added poached egg ($3) was the 'pearth-fect' option for her. Let me just say the hummus is delicious!

If you've been to The Raw Kitchen and tried their zucchini pasta, you'd find that the Zucchini Pesto Salad ($11) is just as yum. This was one of the salads available in the display fridge, so I'm not too sure if it's available all the time.

Although a little pricey, their smoothie bowls are definitely aesthetically pleasing. My sister went for the Green Smoothie Bowl ($17.5) a mixture of matcha, leafy greens, avocado, banana and almond milk, topped with house-made granola and a side of fruit. This green bowl didn't have a strong matcha flavour but had a very good thick consistency.

For a more filling option, go for the Macro Bowl ($18.5), brown rice, seasonal vegetables, avocado, hummus, dukkah and homemade dressing with an added poached egg ($3). Again a generous side of that delicious hummus, and a colourful array of vegetables which are nicely seasoned.

It's nice to find another cafe to add to the list of growing healthy and organic options in Perth. Although Pearth is a little on the expensive side, it can be justified in the freshness and quality of ingredients. Seating is also limited, so expect a wait to dine in or just get your salad to go.

Rating: 8 out of 10

  

 

tbsp., Bayswater

From the creators of Smuggled Seeds comes tbsp., a casual café serving great coffee and a creative brunch menu with Asian influences. My mum and I ventured to Bayswater just to check this new place out, and were greeted by friendly barista and co-owner Rob.

The people at tbsp. are serious about their coffee and use local Western Australian suppliers Blacklist Roasters, as well as the best milk from Bannister Downs. However that day our coffees were made from beans roasted by Small Batch, a Melbourne roasting company. My flat white came out perfect, and tasted divine. My mum was also very happy with her cappuccino.

For breakfast we decided to share two dishes, the Brisket benedict ($22) and the Chicken congee ($14). The servings were larger than what I assumed from social media, the brisket benedict was served with beer braised onions, slow-cooked eggs, hollandaise and ciabatta. The meat was cooked well and was the onions gave it a bit of sweetness.

Congee is a traditional rice porridge dish served in many Asian countries. At tbsp. it is served Indonesian style, with confit chicken, chicken crackling, coriander, spring onions and a slow-cooked egg. The crackling is basically deep fried chicken skin, and makes you feel a little guilty, but tastes so good!

On the way out we managed to grab the last Lemon & Lime Donut, and also a plain one. These donuts were winners, especially the one filled with lemon & lime curd! I wish that I was able to try more dishes like the French Toast and Burger, but I’m sure I’ll be there next week for more.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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Rabbit In The Moon, North Fremantle

Upon arriving at Rabbit In The Moon, I immediately fell in love with their cute decor and the feeling of open space created by the glass panels. The café sits close to the Swan River, which means you have a good view on a sunny day if you pick the right place to sit. Their breakfast menu is served up to 2:30pm, so it’s a great cafe choice if you enjoy sleeping in.

This Friday morning I dined with Dan and his mum, to start off we ordered a few drinks an Iced Americano ($5.50), some Cappuccinos ($4) and a Mixed Berries, Pear and Apple Juice Blend ($6).

For breakfast, I had my eye on the Kaya Waffle ($18), which they recently added onto the Spring Menu. The waffle is American style, crispy on the outside and soft in the middle just how I enjoy it. Served with sweet maple syrup, kaya puree (a Malaysian pandan coconut jam), mascarpone, popping candy and fresh seasonal fruits. Such a pretty dish!

Dan being a big eater went for the Rabbit’s Full Breakfast ($22), this included some pork chipolatas, poached eggs, garlic tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, bacon and two slices of organic sourdough toast.

His mum decided on the Baked Eggs ($17.50), cooked Huevos rancheros style and served with two slices of organic sourdough. The eggs were baked with a mixture of chorizo, fetta cheese and mildly spicy capsicum tomato sauce, which she really enjoyed because of the spiciness.

Location wise, the café sits in a more residential area with some easy to find free parking on that Friday morning. All the drinks came out around the same time, which were followed by the food and the service was very friendly. Would love to come back here to try the lunch menu, they have a delicious sounding Bulgogi Burger between 12pm to 2:30pm!

Rating: 7 out of 10

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Babylon Cafe, Leederville

Hidden behind a rug store in the heart of Leederville, Babylon café is the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee. I love their rustic wooden furniture and little touches like their Aztec patterned cushions as well as the bright blue front door.

Arriving a few minutes early for a meeting, I decided to grab a Chicken Toastie and a small Flat White. The toastie was on a Rye and Sunflower seed bread which was crispy on the outside and delicious on the inside with a generous filling of chicken, sweet mustard pickles, mayonnaise and cheese.

The two guys behind the counter were also super friendly! Glad I found this little gem, it’s a perfect place to hideaway in Leederville.

Rating: 7 out of 10   

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Hermosa, Wembley

Hermosa1     The people who brought us Tropico in North Beach have recently opened up Hermosa, a Spanish inspired eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast

On my first visit, I went with my boyfriend to try out their breakfast menu. The service was very friendly and our dishes came to us quickly. Just like Tropico, they use Bondi based roasters Will & Co’s beans, we ordered a Cappuccino and a Long Macchiato topped up.

Hermosa11 Dan ordered the “Full Spanish”, poached eggs, chorizo chipolatas, mushrooms, beans, bacon, tomato ($23). He quickly insisted that it was the best big breakfast he’s had! I really enjoyed the beans which were served in a separate jar on the side.

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I ordered the Avocado on Toast, Migas, Lime & Tomato Salsa, Poached Egg ($16), which had a generous portion of avocado and a nice zesty flavour. However, I much prefer Tropico’s which comes with a beautiful lemon curd.

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Lunch

A few weeks later we returned to try their lunch menu. After several recommendations by other foodies, we ordered a range of dishes to share.

Smoked Hock & Morcilla Croquette, with heirloom carrot escabeche ($12). This dish was delicious, crispy battered blood sausage and hock, with punchy pickled vegetables.

Hermosa 5Pan con mushrooms and goats cheese ($14). The serving comes with four pieces of toast, spread with goats cheese and topped with sautéed mushrooms, easy to eat and the classic flavours work well together.

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Slow cook egg, migas, morcilla, potato puree ($11). This dish had all the things I love, carbs, runny yolk and crispy bits. The blood sausage was also a good addition to the dish, which I hadn’t had before.

Hermosa10Manchego cheese & truffle onion, grilled toasty, red pepper ketchup ($12). Many people had raved over this toasty, and I regretted not ordering it on my last visit. Available all day, this toasty hits all the buttons. Hermosa9

Grilled artisan W.A. Chorizo, Marinated peppers, roquette, lemon dressing, “hot dog” ($15). Out of all the dishes, I probably wouldn’t order this one again, as it was quite underwhelming.

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Papas Fritas with aioli ($8) Just had to order some fries, which came with a delicious homemade aioli.

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The highlights for me would be the Slow cook egg and the Toasty. Service here is also very friendly and efficient. But, I have noticed that Hermosa's recent rating have not been good, and also that there are a few inconsistencies with portioning in peoples photos. My personal experiences have been positive so far, so I will definitely be back to try their smoothies and Lime Churros!

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Harvest Espresso, Victoria Park

IMG_6270 A new season has come around and new dishes are now on offer at Harvest Espresso. I’ve always loved their creativity, bold flavours and strange combinations! This place has been blogged about so many times, so I’ll try to keep this short and simple.

This time round, we started with Long Macchiatos topped up and I had an Iced Matcha Tea.

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For food we tried out two new dishes on the Winter Menu, the Harvest-Smoked Salmon Fillet ($26.5) and the Steamed Mandarin Pudding ($18.5). The Smoked Salmon Fillet was delicately flakey, topped with two perfectly poached eggs and combined with leek ash, toasted buckwheat, hon shimeji, braised leek, salmon caviar and butter lettuce jus. The buckwheat gave it a crispy textural element and the creamy, smokey flavours worked very well together.

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The Steamed Mandarin Pudding was light and moist, with Lochan Ora jelly, crème fraiche, coconut crème gel, toasted muesli and earl grey crumble.

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Overall, I give them 10/10 for creativity and giving me a reason to return with their ever-changing seasonal menu. For fellow Western Australians who live under a rock, or those from out of state who haven’t yet visited Harvest Espresso, I highly recommend trying the seasonal dishes.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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Farine, Shanghai

IMG_4587One of the food highlights from my recent trip to Shanghai, was the visit to Farine Bakery located in the French Concession area. Farine is a lovely place to enjoy some sweet treats, breads or a cup of coffee, and everything is baked freshly in-house.

From what I’ve heard it is always crowded and difficult to find seating, so come early on a weekday. The morning I visited, we were lucky enough to get a seat outside where we could enjoy our breakfast with a view of the picturesque leafy trees, iconic to the area.

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For coffees we ordered a Short Macchiato and Cappuccino. The cappucino came out traditional style, without chocolate powder, it was probably the best we had in Shanghai compared to other coffee joints. We also decided on a Ham Quiche for something savoury, which was warmed up for us.

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Dan wanted to try the Chocolate Croissant, which was buttery and flakey. Although the chocolate didn't ooze out, I would maybe recommend to ask for it to be warmed up.

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The star of bakery was definitely that beautiful Lemon Passion Tart (35 RMB), it’s smooth, creamy and has the right balance of sweetness to tartness. If you ever pay a visit to Farine this is the first thing you must order!

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Rating: 8 out of 10

Website: http://www.farine-bakery.com/

Address: 378 Wukang Rd, near Tai'an Rd. Fergusun Lane, Xuhui. 200031 Shanghai.

Opening Hours: 7am-8pm Daily.

The Old Laundry, North Perth

IMG_3615When I saw fellow Perth bloggers Bryony Eats and Queen of Bad Timing post photos of the prettiest Pop Tart ever, I immediately put the Old Laundry on top of my must try list. The Old Laundry is a North Perth bar and eatery serving their breakfast menu till 11:30am daily, the perfect place for a catch up on a Sunday morning.

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The coffees here are reasonably priced at $3.50 for a regular dine in cup. Here is a photo of their Hot Chocolate and Cappuccino, which I thought enjoyably smooth and had the right amount of foam on top.

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Best friends share their food, and I was delighted when my friend Rachel proposed to share the Peanut Butter & Jelly Pop Tart ($17) and the Sweet Potato & Chorizo Hash ($17). I thought that the pop tart would be overwhelming with so many sweet flavours of salted caramel, jam and chocolate mousse, but it was perfectly balanced. Although this dish is more of a dessert

IMG_3607 The Hash was also just what I felt like that morning, with spicy chorizo, caramelized onion jam, potato, rocket and topped with a fried egg. The sunny side up egg was cooked just the way it should be, yolky on top so it drizzles over the potatoes.

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One of my friends also ordered the Pecan & Maple Syrup Granola ($16), which came with a small jug of milk for those who need it. Although I only had a spoonful to taste, this granola topped with pear, rhubarb compote, pomegranate and yoghurt, was delicious, a good choice for a lighter breakfast.

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I will be back to try their Green Eggs and Ham, because the pork hock, green pea & polenta fried cakes with poached eggs and pesto sound irresistible! Their new menu is worth a try, give it a go and let me know what you think.

 Rating: 8 out of 10

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Fez Cafe, Mt Lawley

IMG_3570 After a productive morning, starting with class at University and some shopping in the city, Dan and I headed to Fez Café to meet up with our friend David. Fez Café sits on Walcott Street in Mt Lawley, and serves a variety of breakfast choices made in house.

To start off, the boys ordered some Long Macchiato’s ($4.50), while I had a Short Macchiato ($3.50). Fez uses a house blend called ‘Jasper’ by Darkstar coffee a local Western Australia roaster.

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First came those fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes ($18), which David had ordered, along with a side of berry compote, mascarpone, maple syrup and strawberries. I only had a forkful to taste, but would probably return for this.

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I was disappointed not to see their popular Panna Cotta on the menu, but opted for the Field Mushrooms ($21), which were delicious. It was a large portion of house beans, topped with the mushrooms, spinach, creamy fetta and two slices of garlic bread. This dish is a great winter warmer, but I definitely couldn’t finish it all by myself.

IMG_3578Daniel’s go-to breakfast is anything with Smoked Salmon or Avocado on it, so he chose the Smoked Salmon ($22) with corn & horseradish potato hash, spinach, lemon & herb sour cream and two lovely poached eggs on rye. The eggs were cooked perfectly, and he was satisfied with his choice.

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Apart from great brunch, the service here is quick and ten points goes to the free one hour parking right across the café, such a plus when choosing a place to dine. I can’t wait to return, just to dig into those pancakes, or to try a warm bowl of rice and chia pudding.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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Pixel Coffee, Leederville

IMG_3430 Pixel Coffee has just opened their doors with a fabulous team providing speciality coffee and fresh healthy meals daily. On arrival I fell in love with their minty blue, white and wooden interior, decorated with blossoming flowers.

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Dan ordered his usual, a Traditional Long Macchiato while I ordered a Single Origin Flat White, as recommended by one of the friendly baristas. The coffee was smooth and easy to drink, presented with swans. I really enjoyed this cup of coffee and will be back for more.

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Apart from a full display of sandwiches, salads, raw desserts and other treats on offer, they also serve a breakfast menu until 11:30am. I like how they use free range, organic and local suppliers where possible and make the meals in house from scratch.

I decided to order the Sweet French Toast ($21.90) and the Pix Plate ($18.90) to share between us. The French Toast is made using wood fired baker sourdough, fresh banana, strawberries, house cured maple bacon and raspberry mascarpone. This dish was not too sweet and beautifully presented. But I probably wouldn’t order it again as the flavours were not very exciting and the bacon wasn’t crispy.

IMG_3413 On the other hand, the flavours of the Pix Plate were more my cup of tea. This dish combined potato & herb hash with two poached eggs and a pea, prosciutto & parmesan salad. The hash was crispy on the outside, and soft in the middle and the saltiness of the prosciutto really complimented the dish.

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On a separate occasion, I came in just to try their Acai Bowl ($11.90), a Brazilian super fruit smoothie topped with fresh fruit and house granola. This smoothie bowl was a good consistency, sweet and just the right texture. I would recommend this to all the acai lovers out there, although, compared to other places like Hylin there was not as much fruit topping.

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When going up to the counter, I noticed a large Broccoli, Sweet Potato and Cheddar Tart ($12), which had just been baked that day. Being so fresh I insisted on getting it, which was a good choice as it was probably the best vegetable tart I have ever eaten.

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It is very nice to see such a lovely café show lots of enthusiasm in providing high quality food and coffee to their customers. If in the area, I definitely recommend stopping by for a quick caffeine hit or a sweet treat.

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Rating: 8 out of 10

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Typika Artisan Roasters, Claremont

IMG_2879 I have been to Typika quite few times now, and from what I see I think their doing well for themselves as the Claremont venue is always busy. On the latest visit, my foodie partners in crime were, my boyfriend; Dan, workmate; Julian and his lovely girlfriend Oana (the blogger behind The Bittersweet Odyssey). Overall, us foodies agreed that their food is good, while their coffee and service is average

Coffee and Drinks

The baristas behind the counter that day, were Andy (@72transformations) who was previously from La Veen Coffee & Kitchen, and Rachel (@barista_ong) who also works at the Pulp cafe. They are super friendly people and passionate about coffee, so don’t hesitate to have a chat with them.

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Dan had the Cold Brew, which was served on a platter with a beaker of sparkling water and glass of ice. This single origin cold brew had been brewed for 16 hours, supposedly resulting in a sweet, low acidity flavour.

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Oana ordered a double ristretto Flat White, and Julian ordered an Espresso, which was served with a palate cleanser of sparkling water.

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I ordered a Grapefruit and Strawberry Smoothie ($7.50) a dairy free option, which was sweet and easy to drink.

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Although I didn’t order it that day, I would also recommend the Deconstructed Hot Chocolate; warm frothy milk, served with melted chocolate syrup, chocolate flakes and marshmallows. 

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Food

A popular and satisfying option at Typika, is the Golden French Toast ($19.50). A naughty breakfast of egg battered toast served with banana, maple candied bacon and lashings of salted caramel. I’ve previously introduced this dish to two friends who didn’t know that bacon and banana could coexist on one plate, and they both enjoyed it.

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Another sweet dish is the Cast Iron Pancakes ($23.50), a doughnut style pancake cooked in a cast iron pan, making the crust crispy and the inside soft and fluffy. When served with poached pear, strawberries, nut crumble, vanilla custard and cinnamon sugar is a perfect combination, although a bit pricey.

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I managed to taste a little bit of the Mushroom and Leek Ragu ($23.50), which Julian and Oana ordered. This was a dish off mixed swiss brown, field and button mushrooms, panfried in herb butter, white wine, then served with toast, poached egg, soft goats feta and snow pea tendrils. I would order this dish again, as the ragu was quite flavourful, although I would ask for it without the sprouts.

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Dan ordered the Pulled Pork Quesadilla ($23), which is slow cooked shredded pork shoulder, with cheddar and BBQ sauce, topped with a corn, avocado and capsicum salsa.

IMG_2906 I have also previously tried the Black Sticky Rice with Mango and COYO ($16), which is a change for people who normally order muesli or porridge. The black sticky rice was a bit bland, but nice when combined with the sweet mango cheek. I wouldn’t order this dish again as I didn’t really enjoy the coconut yoghurt, I would say that it’s an acquired taste, kind of like sour cream.

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Verdict

We all had a good time, taking our foodie shots, filling our bellies and meeting each other’s better halves. I like that the location is easy to get to, just off Stirling highway and parking is normally plentiful (if not just park at Claremont Quarter, the first three hours are free). But, each time I’ve been here it has been difficult to get the attention of the wait staff, apart from that the food arrives to the table consistently quickly. I recommend going on a weekday to avoid long waits, and to get the Golden French Toast or the Spiced Beef Benedict (not pictured).

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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The Sarapan, Victoria Park

IMG_2795 This pop-up brunch venue on Leonard Street, have name themselves ‘Sarapan’ meaning ‘breakfast’ in Malay. Serving both Malaysian and Western dishes, what really drew me to Sarapan was the Roti Canai and Nasi Lemak. Only open on weekends, this café shares their space with another business, Olive and Figs who serve dinner.

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I really enjoyed the Nasi Lemak ($11.50) here, a dish of fragrant coconut rice and spiced fried chicken served with sambal, anchovies, peanuts, slices of cucumber and boiled egg. The portion of sambal (a southeast Asian chilli sauce) was generous and had a good balance of sweetness, saltiness and spiciness. The fried chicken could have been juicier, but it was fried perfectly with a tasty coating of spices.

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My friend Aaron also ordered an iced Teh Tarik ($4.50), a traditional ‘pulled’ Malaysian milk tea with condensed milk.

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The freshly made Roti Canai ($5) was crispy on the outside, as well as soft and fluffy. It was served with a dahl and chicken curry sauce on the side, for dipping. Even though we were given cutlery, the best technique to eat the roti is to rip it apart with your bare hands. I would come here again to eat this, and maybe add an egg next time for only 50c extra.

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Aaron and I were tossing between the Malaysian style Eggs & Toast ($5) or the Kaya Toast ($5), which we saw scribbled on the bottom of the menu. In the end we chose the Kaya Toast, which was a good choice that reminded us so much of Singapore. ‘Kaya’ is a sweet and creamy coconut spread, which was served with thick slices of white Hainan toast and a good portion of butter. There was enough kaya leftover that we could order an extra piece of toast (only 50c extra) to wipe it up.

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Overall, I think that this quaint pop-up café is worth a visit. The staff are friendly and the service is quick. I will definitely be returning on a weekend to try the Roti Bom ($5) a sweet version of the Roti Canai, served with condensed milk.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Sarapan on Urbanspoon

Hylin, West Leederville

IMG_2770 On the hunt for Perth’s best cafes with ticks in all the boxes for service, food and coffee, I decided to check out Hylin on Railway Parade. I have now been here four times, and have enjoyed my experience at each visit.

Hylin is bright and modern, I like how the windows are always open letting natural sunlight flow indoors (a tick in my box for good Instagram shots). It has a contemporary feel with clean finishes and exposed brick mixed with greenery from scattered plants and adorable shrubs.

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The smoothies and juices at Hylin, are freshly made on the spot. My personal favourite is the Green Juice ($7.50) with cucumber, celery, spinach, kale and green apple.

On my first visit I came with friends Rachel and Erin, they ordered an Orange Juice ($7.50) and a Banana and Strawberry Smoothie ($7.50). On a separate occasion I also had the Acai Smoothie ($8.50), with banana and strawberry, which was very sweet and not particularly the best one I’ve had.

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Sweets

The ever-popular Cronut ($5) can also be found at Hylin, with a choice of a Nutella or Butterscotch filling. These are super delicious and are one of the better cronuts I’ve had in Perth. I’m not sure if they are available daily or just on the weekend, as on the two weekdays I visited there were sadly none to be found.

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Coffee

Hylin uses coffee beans from local independent Perth roasters, Micrology. We tried two coffees, a Cappuccino and Piccolo. The Piccolo seems to be my new go to during breakfast, because I end up too bloated if I have a large coffee with my meal. Eating with fellow baristas, they seemed pretty pleased with the coffee and Erin commented that the Cappuccino had the right amount of microfoam.

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Food

Their menu serves a variety of breakfast style dishes, from Acai Bowls to Burgers and even Tacos. The Smashed Avocado & Eggs ($15.50) came with a side of rocket and was served on two slices of sourdough toast. This dish was simply yummy, perfect for all those avo and egg lovers.

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The Open Street Tacos ($14.50) really drew my attention, and was my first dish I tried. The Cajun chicken breast and slaw in the flour tortilla paired really well with the fresh mango salsa. Although, I would’ve preferred it without beansprouts as they’re not my favourite vegetable.

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Whether vegetarian or not, everyone should try the Mushroom Haloumi Burger ($14.50), with a large roasted field mushroom, thick cut grilled haloumi cheese, caramelised onions, char-grilled peppers and a slide of slaw.

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My boyfriend tried the Spicy Chipotle Chicken Burger ($14.50), which wasn’t that spicy, but simple and tasty served with a side of pineapple slaw. The chicken breast wasn’t dry like most chicken burgers, but quite tender and juicy.

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Even though it was a small portion, I really enjoyed the Creamed Corn & Chorizo ($16.50), a dish with fried egg, asparagus, grilled chorizo, creamed corn and chipotle sauce on ciabatta. The best part was the creamed corn, I would eat a whole bowl of that if possible.

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On my latest visit to Hylin, my sister and I both ordered the Acai Bowl with Granola ($11). The smoothie part of the bowl was very sweet, made with coconut water, mixed berries, acai and banana. My sister finished the bowl quickly, but mentioned that Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall does a better Acai Bowl because she likes a thicker consistency.

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Verdict

I think coming here four times within the space of a week already says that I have good vibes for Hylin. My top recommendations are the Creamed Corn & Chorizo, Green Juice and Nutella Cronut!

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Rating: 8 out of 10

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Mrs S, Maylands

IMG_2255Before a day of shopping and wandering around Perth, my Melbournian friend Lien and I decided to check out Mrs S in Maylands. Mrs S sits on Whatley Crescent, with other popular neighbouring cafés such as Sherbet Bake Shop and Chapels on Whatley.

When we arrived that morning the café was busy with a few tables available. We chose to sit next to a window for optimal food photo shoot lighting. It seems like everyone who comes here orders the Rose & Berry Panna Cotta ($17.50), but that day we both felt like a savoury option.

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Coincidentally we both decided to order Granny June’s Cornbread ($18.50), which is poached eggs, bacon and rocket on top of cornbread, served with a jug of maple syrup. The serving of cornbread was dense and plentiful, similar to the consistency of banana bread, but was made of corn meal and corn kernel bits. The eggs were cooked perfectly and I enjoyed the saltiness of the bacon mixed with the sweetness of the maple syrup.IMG_2281

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Mrs S also has a cute drinks menu written on the wall. That day we ordered a Soy Latte ($3.80), Mocha ($4.30) and an Apple, Orange, Watermelon Juice ($6).

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Overall, we had a pleasant experience that morning and I would return again if in the Maylands area. I think on the next visit I might try out the burger or manwich!

Rating: 7 out of 10

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Architects and Heroes, Subiaco

IMG_1680 This busy café located in the heart of Subiaco is a great setting for breakfast dates, coffee catch-ups or time with your favourite book. After seeing so many photos of their very popular Crumpets with popping candy on Instagram I had to try them myself.

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Being both indecisive and greedy, I ordered three dishes to share between the two of us. I don't usually order eggs and toast, because personally I think it's a bit boring and I can make it at home myself. But, my friend insisted we had to get it and I have to agree with him that they are delicious. The eggs were perfectly cooked, just how you would want it and the bread used was great for wiping up the runny yolk.

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63 degree egg on toast ($10)

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IMG_1685Crumpets with macerated strawberries & vanilla mascarpone, pecan butterscotch mixed nuts and popping candy ($16)

The macerated strawberries and butterscotch on top of the fluffy crumpet made this a very sweet dish, a good choice for those with a sweet tooth. It always brings a sense of fun and nostalgia when popping candy is involved.

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IMG_1691Coffee butter steak, chimichurri, peri peri chips ($21)

I couldn’t really taste the coffee butter but this dish was delicious, a little pricey for the portion size, but I would still order it again. This is more of a lunch rather than breakfast choice.

I will definitely need to make another trip back here, to extensively try the other dishes on the menu. On the next visit I will have to order the Sparkling Cascara Iced Tea, because it’s served with fairy floss!

Rating: 8 out of 10

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Tropico, North Beach

IMG_1831It's a rare occasion to find me up in the northern suburbs, but today was an exception as my sister and I wanted to brunch at the newly opened café, Tropico. Tropico’s breakfast menu runs from 7-11:30am, serving an interesting selection of dishes on breakfast boards and a lovely range of juices in jars. When we arrived, the café was bustling with people so the host promptly took our name, and we were warned that there would be a 15 minute wait.

For drinks we both ordered the Mango, Passionfruit and Raspberry Smoothie ($8.5), those being my favourite summer fruits. It was thick, frothy and had a bit of a tang from the passionfruit and some citrus I think was in there.

I ordered the Buttermilk pancakes ($16) with Pecan butter cream, Pure Canadian Maple with a side of crisp streaky Bacon ($4). The pancakes were fluffy and had pieces of freeze-dried berries and honeycomb on top. Paired with the bacon it had the right amount of sweetness and saltiness.

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My sister, a dedicated quinoa lover, decided to get the Chia & Quinoa Salad ($15.5) which was topped with peach, berries, mint and lemon ricotta. Tropico sure knows how to make a salad look pretty, as the presentation makes it hard not to order this dish.

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Would I return? Yes, I’d definitely love to come back to try their zucchini fritter or sweet & salty granola. It seems like I’ll have to venture up to North Beach more often this summer, for some swimming and brunching.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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